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Bernard Cornwell's brilliant novel, reissued for fans to find out the story behind the stones. This is the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that created this great temple.

One summer's day, a dying stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of Ratharryn. The three sons of Ratharryn's chief each perceive the great gift in a different way. The eldest, Lengar, the warrior, harnesses his murderous ambition to be a ruler and take great power for his tribe.

Camaban becomes a great visionary and feared wise man, and it is his vision that will force the youngest brother, Saban, to create the great temple on the green hill where the gods will appear on Earth. Saban' s love for Aurenna, the sun bride whose destiny is to die for the gods, finally brings the rivalries of the brothers to a head. But it is also his skills that will build the vast temple, a place for the gods, certainly, but also a place that will confirm for ever the supreme power of the tribe that built it.

Stonehenge is first and foremost a great historical novel. Bernard Cornwell is well known and admired for the realism and imagination with which he brings earlier worlds to life. And here he uses all these skills to recreate the world of primitive Britain and to solve the mysteries of who built Stonehenge, how, and why.

"A circle of chalk, a ring of stone, and a house of arches to call the far gods home."

©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"An epic story told with a master's skill. Bernard Cornwell now burrows into prehistory to suggest an answer to the puzzle of why and by whom Stonehenge was built. The result is an epic story told with a master's skill, presenting powerful personalities, high dramas and terrific climaxes with colour and pace." ( TLS)
"A fantastic story of intertribal rivalries, Machiavellian scheming by rival sect leaders and fierce battles over talismans" ( New York Times)

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  • B Gillingham
  • 08-12-17

Lost in time

Cornwell never fails to please he brings every page to life and Audio makes it even better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-17

its ok

its flutters between engaging and discombobulated. its a good little story with the interconnection of various characters but I've just finished it and I'm failing to remember the ending. there are some truly addictive moments throughout but the flow is just not like most of his books.

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  • Janet Bird
  • 11-07-16

Interesting

A good story on how Stonehenge was constructed and their believe in the power of the Gods.

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  • Sharon jeffrey
  • 10-10-16

brilliant story

fantastic performance as always from Jonathan. loved the story and could put down, full of mystery legend and facts very well written and enjoyable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

another great book by the master of storytelling

the book is a great telling of a Wonder of the world read by Jonathan keeble and his great voices he uses to bringing the characters to life he is truly born to read Bearnard Cornell's stories

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  • Nyasha
  • 11-19-17

My Favourite Bernard Cornwell Novel

A great imagined history. The characters are well rounded and believable. The narration was spot on.

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  • shan
  • 10-04-17

One of the best

If this is your genre the you can't get much better, a complicated story hidden behind a base narrative, much like cornwells best. Well written and well researched. Cornwells vision of ancient Britton is utterly believable.

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  • Mr
  • 11-21-15

interesting

excellent narration. Interesting view of the Bronze age era.
I enjoyed it as I do all Cornwall 's books.

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  • forester
  • 08-08-15

Wonderful tale, beautifully read, highly recommend

I am very fond of historical novels, Bernard Cornwell can certainly tell an engaging story, which brings the past to life.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-25-15

Stonehenge

Good story but not a five. The performance of Jonathan Keeble was absolutely fantastic and with out him I'm afraid the story mightn't have flown at all.

It's an interesting book filled interesting and possible theories but the performance brings it to 4* in the Audible version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

Whisked to this past

An intriguing time period to be writing about, main character was just an average joe living in a socially complex time period. Story line lost my attention here and there, but overall enjoyable to listen to the narration and always looked forward to the next chapter

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  • Craig
  • 01-16-18

interesting delve into pre history

after just finishing the warlord chronicles and listening to this because I enjoyed both the author and narrator in those titles I was slightly disappointed with this book. I found it harder to onnwct to the characters and felt the story was to repetitious. great job by Jonathan keeble, his narrating adds a much needed layer to this novel. 3 out of 5